Un-Fried Rice Balls "Arancini" by Rocco Dispirito pg. 72

Prep time 15 minutes 189 Calories

Ingredients

  1. 1/2 cup short -grain brown rice
  2. 1 teaspoon saffron threads salt
  3. 10 fresh basil leaves chopped
  4. 1/2 ounce Parmigiano-Reggiano grated
  5. freshly ground pepper
  6. 1 1/2 ounces fresh mozzarella
  7. 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  8. 2 large egg whites whisked until foamy
  9. 1 cup whole weak panko bread crumbs such as Ians All Natural
  10. 1/4 cup no sugar added marinara sauce such as Trader Joe #39 s

Method

  1. PREHEAT oven to 375°
  2. PUT the rice in a blender food processor or coffee grinder and pulse the machine on and off in 2-second intevrals until the rice is broken up into pieces about half of their original size
  3. PUT the rice into a 2-quart saucepot and add 1 1/4 cups water and add the saffron Bring to a simmer over high heat then reduce the heat to medium season very lightly with sal cover and cook until all the liquid is absored about 15 minutes
  4. SCRAPE the rice into a stainless steel mixing bowl using a rubber spatula and the basil and Parmigiano season with salt and pepper Place in the freezer to cool for about 4 minutes
  5. CUT the mozzarella into 12 equal bite-size nuggets Remove the rice mixture from the freezer and form into 12 equal-size loose balls Next take each ball and gently push a piece back into a right ball sealing in the mozzarella entirely Repeat with the rest of the rice and mozzarella and place the balls in the freezer again to tighten up for about 2 minutes

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